Seffa

Seffa

By
From
A Month in Marrakesh
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

This is the purest version of seffa, where perfectly cooked couscous is simply served with cinnamon, icing sugar and bowls of cold milk. It is a wonderful dish if you are feeling poorly. I use a couscoussier in these recipes, but if you don’t have one simply use a steamer.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g couscous
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
salt
cold water
180g butter
cold water

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
icing sugar
cinnamon
cold milk

Method

  1. Place the couscous in a bowl and cover with cold water. With your hands, mix well and then drain immediately using a fine sieve. To break up any lumps, rub the grains together with your hands, letting them fall back into the bowl. Leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the olive oil, ground cinnamon, a pinch of salt and about 100ml cold water to the couscous. Mix well with your hands until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fill the bottom part of a couscoussier three–quarters full with water, bring to the boil and then add the couscous into the top part. Cover with the lid and steam for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the couscous to a large bowl.
  4. Mix in 60g butter with your hands and combine well with the couscous grains . Allow to cool, then slowly add about 300ml cold water and combine. Return the couscous to the top part of couscousier and steam for a further 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer the couscous back to the large bowl. Add another 60g butter and mix again with your hands. Return the couscous to the top part of couscoussier and steam for a further 20 minutes until the grains are swollen and soft.
  6. Remove from the heat and transfer the couscous to the large bowl. Add a final 60g butter and mix until well combined using your hands. Spoon the couscous onto a serving plate and mould into a small dome shape. Sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon, and serve with bowls of cold milk.

Note

  • For a quick alternative you can use 'instant' couscous – just follow instructions on the packet.
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Morocco
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